(Arena in Nottingham).

LP - - (Arena in Nottingham).

As Linkin Park pumped out their anthemic tunes, they warned Nottingham that the rest of the country had to live up to their first night welcome. As the initial stop on the four-city UK leg of the current tour, the band had high hopes for their big Arena gig. And fans didn?t disappoint. They opened with What I?ve Done, the first hit from their new album Minutes to Midnight. It got the crowd already on top form after Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro's energetic warm-up ? off to a roaring start.No More Sorrow followed, continuing the angry, Nu-metal baseline that Linkin Park are now renowned for.
As the beats got heavier, the headbanging started. An extravagant light show added to the atmosphere of the show. The mood changed in the middle of the performance with a short cover of The Cure's classic Just Like Heaven. That led to the new single, Shadow of the Day a slower, more contemplative anthem. This soon changed with the crowd pleaser, Crawling. But the real show-stopper was Numb.

The camera phones were out in force by this point, to capture lead singer Chester Bennington's energetic use of the stage. The rest of the band, including rapper Mike Shinoda, seemed to be relishing their first night's gig in this country. The encore started with a poignant edge thanks to My December and Breaking the Habit, which saw a spot of audience participation with a light show of lighters and glowing mobiles. The crowd were wanting more, and they got it with the hit One Step Closer. As one of the band's first hits leading to eventual chart popularity, it seemed like the whole arena knew the words and were singing along. A true showman to the end, Chester ripped his top off as he belted out the last notes. All told, it was a successful start to what promises to be a memorable arena tour.